Max Scherzer downed 26 Pirates in order today but failed to achieve baseballā€™s 24th perfect game when he hit Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch on a 2-2 count. Scherzer struck out 10 in the 6-0 Nationals victory in Washington, just days after earning a game score that was among the best in history. Oh, and he threw a no-hitter by getting the 28th batter to fly outā€”but nobody really cares about that.

Above is the MASN tv broadcast of the hit by pitch. Hereā€™s how it sounded on WJFK radio:

Commence the arguing over whether Tabata is to blame for ruining a perfect game. Oh, and Scherzerā€™s game score for the near-perfecto was 97ā€”so not even as good as his last outing.

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